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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Mindless violence gets no better.

Author: oneguyrambling from Australia
17 February 2012

John Rambo is back to inspire a generation of impressionable young boys to smear mud on their faces and hide under bushes before emerging to kill imaginary foes.

The next two films in the series differ only in the location and the garb of those that John Rambo will be slaughtering in huge numbers.

In Rambo 2 he is lured back to Vietnam to look for POWs that are rumoured to still be detained even though the war is long since past – why they would continue to feed them isn't satisfactorily explained but it justifies the bang bang that ensues.

Rambo is the strong and silent type, for the first half hour he says about a word a minute – mimes are more chatty.

With this lack of self-promotion Colonel Trautman once again makes an appearance to remind the cheap seats that the quiet guy is actually a dangerous killing machine.

Rambo 2 sees Stallone outfit his hero with the now familiar headband, singlet and rock star hair combo, and the film also gives him a love interest in his guide, perhaps the whitest Asian woman on the continent. She and Rambo share a conversation that could pass as tender, all the more remarkable considering that English is obviously not the first language for either of them.

Rambo doesn't make his first kill in the film until the 32nd minute mark. He was hardly chatty before that point but from then on he let's his actions do the talking, except for the occasional grunt or 'yeearggghhh'.

Once the killing starts it doesn't let up until the credits roll, I tried to count for a while but the fast cutting and sheer weight of corpses made it difficult, leading to questions like: • "Was that guy flying through the air freshly dead or was he still moving from the last explosion?" • "How many guys fell over when Rambo strafed that group and how many dived for cover?" • "Um how many victims should I assume were in that exploding building?" In the end I gave up, but I am confident the head count topped 60 or 70 easily. For some reason the filmmakers decided that dramatically lowering the population of Vietnam wasn't sufficient and introduced some Russian soldiers to add some unnecessary spice and to increase the accent count, but it's what is on the inside that counts isn't it? And Rambo proves that if you cross him you'll end up a lovely spray of red.

U.S.A! U.S.A! (Repeat until stupid. That should be enough.) Will he find the prisoners? Will he engage the enemy? Will he kill an awful lot of them singlehandedly? Well if you read this many words and didn't already guess the answers congratulations for learning to read, but you've got a lot of work to do.

Final Rating – 7 / 10. Mindless violence doesn't get much better.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Hardcore Entertainment!

Author: nama chakravorty from India
1 October 2011

'Rambo: First Blood Part II' is Hardcore Entertainment, The cult-classic is full of thirst, rush, blood, gore & muscles. Also, Sylvester Stallone plays Rambo, a role that he has immortalized, remarkably, yet again.

'Rambo: First Blood Part II' is set in the context of the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, it sees Rambo released from prison by Federal order to document the possible existence of POWs in Vietnam, under the belief that he will find nothing, thus enabling the government to sweep the issue under the rug.

'First Blood' was a fantastic film, that held your attention very well. Being it's sequel, 'Rambo: First Blood Part II', as told, offers hardcore entertainment & lives up-to the expectations. Though I have seen all the films from the 'Rambo' series, I consider 'First Blood' & 'Rambo: First Blood Part II' to be the best among all.

Screenplay by Stallone & James Cameron, is entertaining, fast & brutal. The Action-Sequences are superbly done and are full of blood & gore. George P. Cosmatos's Direction, is passable. Cinematography, Editing & Art Design, are decent.

Performance-Wise: As told, Stallone delivers remarkably as Rambo, a character that he has immortalized ever since. Richard Crenna is sincere. Charles Napier is as usual. Julia Nickson is impressive. Others lend support.

On the whole, If you wanna watch some unforgiving, hardcore action, then don't dare to miss this one. Thumbs Up!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Borders on the absurd, but does it so well.

Author: Mr-Fusion from United States
7 March 2011

"First Blood Part II" just might be the purest action movie of the '80s. Not the greatest, but one that doesn't let anything else sidetrack it from the big setpieces. As a sequel, you have to put the original "First Blood" out of your mind because they're completely different beasts. PART II lacks the tension and characterization of its predecessor, but almost kinda makes up for that in its promise to show you ripped Stallone killing a bunch of bad guys. He goes on a rampage, be it with a bow-and-arrow, RPG, M60, machete (in convenient knife size), or just facing down snarling bad guy Berkhoff in dueling attack choppers. It's like the Reagan '80s in big Hollywood movie form, with one explosion after another, classic gear-up montage and the gorgeous Julia Nickson as a fringe benefit.

The action scenes are ridiculous, the politics are silly, but dammit, sometimes you just need a good 90 minutes of blood, guts and BOOMs after a hard day at the office.


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Great Sequel to First Blood!

Author: g-bodyl from United States
16 September 2010

Part 2 is just as good as the first Rambo even though it seems like most people are hating it. I seen so many bad political comments here, it just make me think, "Do people see movies to judge the political points of the film." That annoys me a lot. I think people should just sit back, relax, and enjoy a great action film.

This is basically about Rambo leaving prison to go to Vietnam and defeat the bad guys.

I looked at the awards for the film and I was surprised to see how many Razzie awards this movie won. This movie is so much better than that. Stallone deserves better.

The action was great, there is more action than the first film. The rousing score by Goldsmith is better than the first film.

Overall, I liked this Rambo movie a lot. I can't wait to see the next two. I rate this movie 8/10.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Pretty good and entertaining

Author: Jay_sow sow from India
15 February 2009

Firstly I can't believe that this movie has been so lowly rated by so many people here,on reading some of the reviews i see that its mostly just a lot of people taking themselves too seriously and expecting hard hitting politically commentary from a movie which realistically speaking is all about the action and the killing,seen in that light i believe this movie is excellent.

Comparisons to the first movie might not be completely accurate,they are 2 completely different types of movies,the first part dealt with Rambo's personal struggle with his own demons and the attitude that greeted most Vietnam vets when they returned home, this movie was all about redemption and a chance to right a wrong.

If we were to to stretch a point one might actually say this was more of a die hard-esquire mold of action movie

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

"Not the Worst Film out There..Far from it."

Author: gigan-92 from United States
14 February 2011

If you think about it, this film isn't really all that bad, seeing as it is after all an action film first and foremost. Naturally, this movie's atmosphere and level of psychological intensity is way off from that of the first film's. Gone are any truly noteworthy antagonists, seeing as how in the first film it was somewhat unclear who the real antagonists was. There was more to the original film than blood and bullets, but so be it.

Richard Crenna is still pretty good, though the story doesn't really offer him much to do. Stallone's performance doesn't ask much of him, but he plays the role effectively enough. The antagonists suffer greatly from the storm trooper effect and serve only one purpose: to be the pawns of Rambo. The female lead Julia Nickson is okay, but her dialogue was laughable most of the time. With all that said, the action is pretty damn entertaining. And the story, which they could have done so much more with, is intriguing. The all too real scenario of P.O.W.s a chilling one, one Rambo doesn't take too kindly to. There's a good amount of cheesy action, but over all a sense of real bad-assitude. It's a pretty fun movie to watch. Oh, and did I mention the legendary Jerry Goldsmith delivers an awesome score every bit as endearing as the first film's? This film may fail to match up to the original, but give it a watch.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

"To survive a war, you have to become war."

Author: James Meeley from United States
29 September 2009

As the second installment of the "Rambo" saga, this film definitely ups-the-ante in terms of action and body count. "Rambo: First Blood Part II" takes Rambo back to the jungles of Vietnam, where most of the mental traumas that dog him began. His mission is to search for missing POWs, instead he falls right back into a war that, for him, has never really ended.

As I said, the action in this film goes way beyond anything we saw in the first one (but with James Cameron as one of the screenplay writers, that's not exactly a surprise). Less content to let the personal and political dramas propel the action, this film is pretty much the reverse, with the action being cause to create those plot developments. In many way, this film seems to forget the humanity shown in the original and opts to let the excitement of the moment wash over you, like the backwash of an F-16 fighter jet, as the explosive battle sequences blast you against the back wall. Although, while extremely over the top in almost every stunt and fight, to the point ungodly suspension of disbelief is pretty much the order of the day, it is a beautifully choreographed bloodbath to behold. It basically, for good or ill, set the stage for what the 80's action epic would be expected to achieve for the rest of the decade.

While not exactly a deeply emotive character in the first film, Sly gets even less moments here. There is no understanding to what Rambo is feeling being back in the place that has tortured him so. There is almost no attempt to play on those feelings at all, save an all-too-brief scene on a boat, between Rambo and the young Vietnamese woman (played by Julia Nickson) who is helping him in the mission, but that's as far as they go to give you any idea on what Rambo is thinking and feeling, being back in 'Nam after all this time. I would have liked to get into Rambo's thoughts more, as the traumas he'd suffered there could have added even more depth to an emotionally complex character. But that simply isn't what this film was about.

Richard Crenna reprises his role, as Rambo's C.O., but he gets very little to do in this film. Whereas in the first he was a key to understanding Rambo and used to contrast the political themes that were presented, here he is merely a very small cog, used mainly to set up the plot to get Rambo back into action. He does have one very intense scene, where he argues with the slimy Washington bureaucrat (played by Charles Napier), which brought back a momentary flair from the first film, but it is over quickly, as the need to get back to the jungle slaughter is the paramount concern here.

"Rambo: First Blood Part II" was less the ending of an iconic character's saga (not the least of which is due to the fact two more sequels were made) and more the start of replacing character-driven action, with action-driven drama. It created a new standard for what action films could be (and in many cases, would be) from that point on. It set up a game of constant oneupmanship with the other action stars of the day, as they all attempted to outdo what this film began. In some ways, this film is almost a whole new entity, completely separate from the original film in every thing but the characters names, yet it is also strangely completely bound to it. As a sequel to a film that had some very deep philosophical and political themes, this film fails to recapture almost any of that same spirit, but in terms of spinning the action film genre into an ever growing and testosterone-fueled behemoth, determined to make the impossible seem probable, as well as solidifying Rambo's status as an 80's icon for all-time, the film succeeds on a level no other film could ever hope to manage. This is truly the film that epitomizes the phrase, "check your brain at the door and enjoy!" Which I am more than able to do.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

totally disagree with the rating 5.6 in IMDb list !!!

Author: Majid-Hamid from Malaysia
30 October 2008

this movie is very powerful indeed!! i can't believe this one are only rated an average with rating of 5.6!!! this movie is damn good!! brilliant acting from Stallone, great script and superb story line about war... they send Rambo on a mission to set him fail...but they forgot they were dealing with Rambo!!! the tag line itself has proved how great the movie was!! this one are really as good as th first one!!!i am totally disagree with the rating given!!! this one should be in top[ 252 in IMDb list!!! this is far better than die hard !!! i strongly recommend this movie to everyone...

powerful, great and superb !!!!! 10/10********

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

"To survive a war, you have to become war..."

Author: Brooks5-1 from Italy
9 October 2008

Rambo II is one of those movies that in a way surpass its predecessor. It's more action oriented but with a somewhat cool plot. The movie itself is one of the most definitive action movies of the 80's. Directed by Italian director, George Cosmatos, the movie was the one who put the name "Rambo" in common use in the USA. Also it was written by James Cameron (of the "Terminator" saga and Titanic) and Sylvester Stallone. The hidden subject in this movie is actually the idea of Rambo "winning" the Vietnam war but there is more to it. When this movie opened in 85, the Cold War was as its best. Reagan used this movie to put himself into the "rambomania" frenzy, we all know that Reagan use all the media at his disposal but that's another story whatsoever. The movie is rated R for violence mostly, there are a couple of bad words and blood but teens can get to it without much trouble. The whole idea of the "expendable" issue is a good theme for discussion between parents and kids or teacher and students. Rambo: First Blood Part II (in some countries called "Rambo II: The Mission) now in this DVD format is a definitive movie for the action fan, specially if you are a fan of the 80's movie. This edition has clear image and excellent sound. The process for digitalization of the picture was done perfectly so you won't believe you are actually watching a movie almost 20 years old. The documentary has a lot of cool info, even for those "Rambomania" fans would find this very interesting and with interviews with cast and crew including Stallone, the late Richard Crenna, and others. Also the director Cosmatos and the producers get into the documentary with interesting facts (the idea of pairing Stallone and Travolta as a sidekick was a novelty for me!!!) is a good source for inside info. The trailers (some are TV spots) are also quite good but they haven't been "cleaned up" so they look like they are quite old and the sound in those is not remastered. There's also a section on the stars and the crew with filmography and stuff it's informative but that's it. The extras are good. It would be fun if they throw a lot of deleted scenes into it, but there isn't. The audio commentary of Cosmatos is so-so there aren't much there either. Finally I must say this edition contain both the widescreen version and the full screen version so you can go wrong there. The movie comes with subtitles in Spanish for both versions. From 1 to 5: Movie=4, Sound Quality=5, Video Quality=5, Extras=3.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Stallone at his best

Author: tingnting from United Kingdom
24 August 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is an all out action fest, featuring Stallone at his most muscular. I would say it's the second best action-hero movie of the 80's, the best being Predator.

Stallone manages to hold on to that winning formula from First Blood and repeats it here. This time he returns to Vietnam on a secret mission to take photos of a prisoner camp that is said to hold American POW's from the Vietnam war. When the helicopter pilot is ordered not to pick him up from the agreed rondezvous point, Rambo opens up a can of kick-yo-butt. In the process he manages to free the prisoners, sabotage another helicopter and fly them all back to the base.

Lot's of explosions, gun fights, hand to hand combat and relatively few special effects.

Take a look at the garbage that Stallone produced in the 90's (Judge dread, the specialist etc) and you'll agree that the 80's was his best decade.

All in all I just to have to remark about how incredibly well built Stallone is for a man who was circa 40 years old when this movie was made.

Definitely one to watch if you dig Stallone and explosions.

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